So, us technical folk are not generally stereotyped into the obsessed about fitness types.  And I would say that I certainly do not fall into that bucket, yet.  A few months ago, I started my new job at Bridgepoint Education and my boss Ben Sullins (Blog) is.  After a few months he finally convinced me to join the lunch time workout group at Bridgepoint.  I did it because I finally wanted to break out of my cycle of not doing anything and get in better shape for myself and to set a good example for my family.  Plus, Ben told me it would reflect well in my reviews (Just Kidding).

The workouts are part of the GNU Fitness (Website | Twitter) program that is built by Ben and his buddy Shane Farmer (Blog | Twitter).  They presented about the program at the most recent San Diego Code Camp (Slides).  I love the workouts because they have a lot of variety and the group motivation factor is awesome.  So much so that I am doing workouts that I can at home on the weekends.  And yesterday took the next step and invested in a new pair of shoes for my training.  After visiting Road Runner Sports here in San Diego, I decided on the Merrell Trail Glove (Link).  I was torn between these and the New Balance Minimus, but ultimately liked the feel of the Merrell’s better.  We will see how it goes.

Since I have started, I have not lost any weight yet, but have definitely felt better and have trimmed up a little.  At least my wife says I have.  So the next step, and not quite ready to take this one is to start in on the nutrition.  Eventually, I’ll get there, just a matter of time.  There is no specific end goal, no weight loss goal, just a commitment to better health for myself and family.  Are you interested in getting started with your own group?  Ben and Shane are looking to get others started on their program, so let them know if you are interested.  I know that I am hooked.

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3 Responses to Get up, Get out, and Get Moving…Thoughts on Fitness

  1. ShaneF says:

    Great post Andrew! So excited that you’re finding good things with GNU Fitness. Keep up the hard work.

  2. Ben S. says:

    I’m excited to hear what you think of the Merrell’s. I tried them out last week and after just a warmup took them back. The Vibram sole was too skinny for my sasquatch foot. Instead I went back to the San Diego Running Institute and picked up the Inov8 F-Lite 195

    Inov8 has worked well with me in the past with the 230’s so this time I went w/ something w/ a harder sole. Good luck with your new shoes!

    • Andrew Karcher says:


      Been using them for a few weeks now and so far so good. There are definitely moves where it is a little challenging. Things like air squats where you are using the heel more is a little more challenging. As far as running goes, they are good so far.


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